chapter7 at tlio.org.uk
Wed Jun 1 18:41:20 BST 2011
Celebrating the 200th Anniversary of the Luddite Uprisings:
Technology Politics Then and Now
Date: Wednesday June 8th, 7pm
Venue: Feminist Library meeting room, 5a Westminster Bridge Road,
London SE1 7XW, Nearest tube Lambeth North,
Organised by: Luddites200 Organising Forum luddites200 at yahoo.co.uk
No admission charge, donations welcome. Please contact organisers
about disabled access.
In 1811-12 artisan cloth workers in the Midlands and North of England
rose up against factory owners who were imposing new machines and
putting them out of work. Since the 1950s the Luddites have been
painted as fools opposed to all technology and progress, but in fact
the Luddites were very selective in their attacks, breaking only
machines they thought were 'hurtful to Commonality'.
What can the Luddites teach us about the ongoing use of technology to
replace workers’ jobs, as well as issues like GM food, nuclear power,
reproductive technology and surveillance? Can we escape the myth
that technology always brings progress? On the anniversary of the
first action against a GM crop site in Britain, come and discuss the
issues with speakers from the Luddites200 Organising Forum, Stop GM,
a trade union activist, and the Stop Nuclear Network.
PLUS! Luddite entertainment and CAKE
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